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Homemade Dog Food Recipes: Delicious And Nutritious
Cooking your Cocker Spaniel's meals
using nutritious homemade dog food recipes can be so satisfying and because you've made it yourself you know exactly what goes into his food. Try some of our some of our tasty recipes below and watch that little tail wag!
Delicious And Nutritious: Homemade Dog Food Recipes
If you enjoy cooking for your Spaniel (and who doesn't?) you're in for a treat!
We've a tasty selection of healthy dog food recipes just waiting for you to try, but if you need any convincing about why home cooked is best, follow this link to read more about it.
This first recipe below is one of Max's favorites...Savory Minced Chicken!
We've had lots of great feedback from it so if you only try one recipe, this is the one to try. I just know your dog is going to love it!
Not only is it a healthy organic alternative to shop-bought dog food, it can work out cheaper. It's also very easy to make.
Organic chicken is best, but good quality minced chicken works well too.
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1 pint of hot chicken stock (a stock cube is fine)
2 sweet potatoes (ordinary potatoes will do the job just as well)
4 medium-sized carrots, chopped or sliced
1 handful of chopped green beans or chopped red pepper (optional)
Parsley (if you have it - it helps sweeten the breath!)
4 boneless chicken portions or chicken breast - cut into bite-sized pieces
Place the chicken in a large pan and gently 'sweat' it until chicken fat is released. (If you're using chicken breasts you'll need to use a little sunflower oil). Turn up the heat and sear the chicken for a couple of minutes.
Add the chicken stock
Add all the remaining ingredients and cook on a medium heat until the vegetables are tender and the chicken is cooked.
Set aside and allow to cool before feeding to your dog.
This homemade dog food recipe is yours, so don't be afraid to mix up the ingredients a little and use alternative veggies!
If you prefer your dog's meal to be less 'wet' you can reduce the liquid while it's in the pan by turning up the heat and boiling it off. Alternatively, you can add an extra potato and mash into the dish to thicken up the gravy.
Max loves this dish and can always tell when I'm cooking it for him!
It smells delicious and out of all the homemade dog food recipes he's tasted, I believe this is probably his other favorite (yes, he has 2 recipes that he really loves - this one and savory minced chicken!)
A selection of offal: hearts, liver and kidneys.
1/4 of a small turnip, chopped into small pieces
1 medium-sized potato, peeled and chopped small
4 medium-sized carrots, peeled and sliced or chopped
1 stick of celery, sliced
1 small garlic clove, minced (garlic is good for dogs, but only in very small quantities)
Beef or chicken stock
Using a large pan, gently fry the offal in a tablespoon of sunflower or olive oil for 3 minutes.
Add enough water to the pan to cover the offal (be careful, it will spit) and boil (approximately 5 minutes) until cooked.
Using a slotted spoon, remove the offal and set aside to cool before chopping into small pieces.
Drop the stock cube into the pan, add the remaining vegetables and cook until tender.
In another pan, place the rice and the liquid stock from the vegetable pan and cook.
When the rice is cooked, add it to the vegetable and meat mixutre in your other pan. There shouldn't be much (if any) liquid left in the rice, if there is, remove it if you don't want a wet dish, otherwise there's no harm in leaving it in.
I have deliberately left the amounts of offal and rice blank because it often depends on how much offal I can get from our local butcher and how much I'm making.
I often make a few meals at a time because it keeps well in the fridge for a few days. I tend to use a ratio of 6 parts offal and 4 parts rice.
Cooking for your dog can be fun and it's good to know what ingredients go into his meals.
However, these healthy recipes for homemade dog food are meant as suggested variations to your dog's diet and should only be used occasionally; there isn't enough variation in them to fully sustain your pet's health long-term.
Before making any changes to your dog's diet, please have a chat with your vet to make sure you're feeding your Cocker Spaniel a well-balanced, nutritional
If you've enjoyed preparing these recipes for your dog, I also have some homemade dog biscuit recipes if you'd like to try your hand at those - I'm sure your furry friend will love you for it!
Be Careful Not To Overfeed Your Dog!
Our homemade dog food recipes don't come with a recommended portion size because it very much depends on your dog's lifestyle and age.
So please take care, it's very easy to overfeed your dog when you don't have recommended guidelines. Max is almost 8 years old and he gets at least 1 hour's exercise every day (running free in the vineyards - lucky dog!) so his lifestyle isn't sedentary.
When I cook his meals, I usually give him 6 or 7 tablespoons of food. If I notice he's getting a little 'porky' I cut back on the treats (the least nutritional).
I recommend you use your own judgement. You know your own dog best, but if you're in any doubt about your pet's nutritional needs, have a chat with your vet who will be able to advice you accordingly.
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